Profession landscape gardener
Gardeners plant and maintain public or private gardens and lawns, and construct garden features.
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- Realistic / Conventional
Tasks landscape gardener
- Prepare the ground, e.g. prepare soil, install drainage, and level the ground.
- Plant trees, hedges, garden plants, grass, etc.
- Construct features and facilities within gardens, such as paths or paved areas, walls, rockeries, ponds and water features, sheds and fences.
- Check the health of plants and trees, identify and treat weeds, pests and diseases, and apply mulch and fertilisers.
- Prune and trim trees, shrubs and hedges, and install plant supports and protection.
- Roll, mow, aerate and edge lawns.
- Raise plants from seeds or cuttings.
- Install, operate and maintain irrigation systems.
- Tidy garden areas (e.g. pathways), for example by clearing leaves, snow and litter.
- Maintain and repair gardening tools, equipment and structures.
- Advise clients on garden maintenance and answer questions.
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- Plant disease control
Types and features of diseases in plants and crops. Different kinds control methods, activities using conventional or biological methods taking into account the type of plant or crop, environmental and climate conditions and health and safety regulations. Storage and handling of products.
- Plant species
The variety of plants, trees and shrubs and their special characteristics.
- Landscaping materials
Field of information which distinguishes certain required materials, such as wood and wood chips, cement, pebbles and soil for landscaping purposes.
- Pruning techniques
The techniques of selectively removing parts of trees and plants to foster better growth and regeneration.
- Design principles
The elements used in design such as unity, scale, proportion, balance, symmetry, space, form, texture, colour, light, shade and congruence and their application into practice.
The study of how organisms interact and their relation to the ambient environment.
- Horticulture principles
The standard horticultural practices, including but not limited to planting, pruning, corrective pruning, and fertilisation.
- Principles of landscape construction
Principles and techniques to prepare ground or site for construction of wooden and brick terraces, fences and ground surfaces. This includes knowlege on how to measure and plan out the site, lay stone and tiles.
- Pest control in plants
Types and features of pests in plants and crops. Different kinds of pest control methods, activities using conventional or biological methods taking into account the type of plant or crop, environmental and climate conditions and health and safety regulations. Storage and handling of products.
- Pruning types
Different approached to prunning trees, such as thinning, removal, etc.
- Environmental legislation in agriculture and forestry
Awareness on enviromental legislation, policies, principles relevant for agriculture and forestry. Awareness of the impact on the enviroment of local agricultural precedures and practices. Means to adjust the production to new enviromental regulations and policies.
- Prune plants
Carry out pruning with relevant tools, related to the different purposes like maintenance pruning, pruning for growth, pruning for fruiting, debudding and volume reduction.
- Prepare planting area
Prepare planting area and soil for planting by for example fertilising, mulching by hand or using mechanical tools or machinery; prepare seeds and plants for sowing and planting by enuring the quality of seed and plants.Sow and plant by hand, using mechanical tools or machinery and in accordance with national legislation.
- Nurse trees
Plant, fertilise and trim trees, shrubs and hedges. Examine trees to assess their condition and determine treatment. Work to eradicate insects, fungus and diseases which are harmful to trees, assist with prescribed burning, and work on preventing erosion.
- Prepare the ground
Prepare the ground for laying turf or seeding by clearing the area, choosing the optimal soil, choosing the ground deepness and the appropriate fertilisers.
- Use gardening equipment
Use gardening equipment such as clippers, sprayers, mowers, chainsaws, complying to health and safety regulations.
- Work in outdoor conditions
Can cope with the different climate conditions such as heat, rain, cold or in strong wind.
- Prepare planting area for planting
Prepare planting area and soil for planting by fertilising, mulching and performing weed control. Take the conditions of the area, soil and plant type into account.
- Plant green plants
Plant seeds manually or by using ground equipment.
- Prune hedges and trees
Cut and prune trees and hedges in ornemental forms, considering botanical and esthetical aspects.
- Operate landscaping equipment
Operate a variety of landscaping equipment such as chain saws, line trimmers, tillers, back hoes, bobcats, bed edgers, mowers, blowers, dump trailers, tillers, sod cutters, weed eaters, plant augers, and drills.
- Transport physical resources within the work area
Transport physical resources such as products, equipment, materials, and liquids. Carefully load, transport and unload resources safely and efficiently, keeping the load in good condition.
- Handling chemical products for soil and plants
Handling chemical products for soil and plants includes cleaning the equipment used for spreading and spraying, mixing of chemicals, preparing pesticides and herbicides for spraying, preparing fertilisers for spreading.
- Maintain landscape site
Maintain the site by mowing, applying fertiliser, controlling weed, aerating, trimming and pruning. Perform clean-ups according to needs and requirements.
- Perform pest control
Carry out crop spraying pest and disease operations in line with National industry and customer requirements. Carry out slurry and fertiliser spreading in accordance with local environmental regulations
- Build fences
Put up fences using a pothole digger, shovel, tamper, and other manual tools.
- Grow plants
Carry out plant growing activities. Carry out grow control considering the required terms and conditions for specific plant type.
- Maintain ground
Mow grass, rake leaves, and remove fallen limbs and trash. Remove weeds from landscapes in parks, greenways and other properties. Maintain the grounds and landscapes of private clients and businesses. Perform maintenance such as fertilising; spraying for weed and pest controls; planting, pruning and removing trees and shrubs; mow, trim, edge, cut and clean up uncontrolled weeds.
- Nurse plants
Determine the need for nursing activities and carry out nursing by cultivating, maintaining, watering and spraying the plants and trees manually or using appropriate equipment, taking into account the plant species and following safety requirements.
- Perform weed control operations
Carry out crop spraying for weeds and plant disease operations in line with National industry and customer requirements.
- Execute disease and pest control activities
Execute disease and pest control activities using conventional or biological methods taking into account the climate, plant or crop type, health and safety and environmental regulations. Store and handle pesticides in accordance with recomandation and legislation.
- Propagate plants
Carry out propagation activities by appling appropriate propagation methods such as grafted cutting propagation or generative propagation considering the plant type. Carry out propagation control considering the required terms and conditions for specific plant type.
- Put up signs
Put up signs using a posthole digger, shovel, tamper, and other manual tools.